Northern Michigan University goalie Jared Coreau officially becomes a Red Wing
MARQUETTE – The Detroit Red Wings were quiet Wednesday while the rest of the NHL swapped skaters right up until the 3 p.m. EDT trading deadline.
The organization did, however, nab two of the CCHA’s most prized undrafted free agents in the league’s final year.
The Red Wings officially announced the signing of Northern Michigan University junior goaltender Jared Coreau to a three-year entry level deal on Wednesday, less than a week after agreeing to a two-year deal with Western Michigan University junior defenseman Danny DeKeyser.
As first reported by TSN’s Bob McKenzie and confirmed shortly after by The Mining Journal, Coreau and the Red Wings reached a tentative agreement on March 18 and met in Detroit the following day.
Coreau’s contract was finalized this week and the announcement made exactly 28 minutes after the trade deadline passed.
The Wildcats’ 6-foot-4, 208-pound goaltender finished with a 2.70 goals against average and .919 save percentage as a junior for Northern, starting all 38 games. As a sophomore, Coreau had a .928 save percentage and 2.22 goals against average, but only appeared in 23 games.
Coreau continued training in Marquette since visiting the Wings and will be joining the organization on Monday. He will begin his professional career in Detroit, most likely as the team’s third-string goaltender, before being sent down to the Red Wings’ AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids where he could see some action with the Griffins.
Coreau had one more year of eligibility remaining at NMU, but with six other NHL franchises besides the Red Wings pursuing him, decided to forgo his senior year and turn pro.
DeKeyser joined the Red Wings on Saturday and skated with the team that day, but has yet to appear in a game for Detroit.
The Wings play on the road against the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday and in Denver on Friday against the Colorado Avalanche before returning to Joe Louis Arena on Sunday to host the St. Louis Blues.
The Red Wings then take three days off before hosting the San Jose Sharks on Thursday, April 11.
Coreau was the first Wildcat from the 2012-13 squad to agree to a professional deal, but second to sign after senior captain and defenseman Scott Macaulay inked an amateur tryout offer with the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL. He scored his first professional goal four games in on Saturday with a broken stick.
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